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“An outstanding experience”

Lockport Locks & Erie Canal Cruises
Ranked #1 of 1 Tours in Lockport
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Owner description: Just 30 minutes from Niagara Falls USA, Niagara Falls Canada and Buffalo NY "LOW BRIDGE, EVERYBODY DOWN!" Come aboard for a relaxing & informative ride on the 19th-century engineering marvel which opened the American Frontier. Featured on the History Channel's "Modern Marvels," AAA GEM Attraction, CAA Approved. Experience "Locking Through" - being raised and lowered 49 feet in Locks 34 & 35. See the remaining half of the famous "Flight of Five" locks from the 1800's. Be amazed at the 20-foot high stone walls of the 1800's "Rock Cut" and stone towpath blasted out of solid stone with powder left over from the War of 1812. Travel under the widest bridge in the U.S. Pass under 2 lift bridges that raise straight up while everyone sings "Low Bridge, Everybody Down...."
West Collingswood, NJ
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“An outstanding experience”
Reviewed October 17, 2012

This past Friday I brought a tour group to Lockport Locks & Erie Canal Cruises.
Our group had a terrific time experiencing the boat going through the locks and traveling up the canal. The captain and his crew were very informative and helpful.
Michael Murphy and his staff went out of their way to make our group comfortable.
Overall, just a great time was had by all.
This is a must stop if you are in western NY.

Visited October 2012
Thank Allan G
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Farrell, Pennsylvania
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“Great Canal Cruise and Buffet Dinner”
Reviewed October 16, 2012

This was our second visit bringing a bus group. Each time was wonderful! The cruise through the locks is beautiful and relaxing!!

Both times we enjoyed dinner afterward overlooking the canal. Delicious!!!

We will be coming agin whenever traveling near Lockport!!

Visited October 2012
Thank dawnie42697
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“Good value”
Reviewed October 2, 2012

We were so impressed with the cruise. The AAA rate was $14.00 each (regular is $16). The guide was very informative and the crew were more than willing to ask any questions.

Visited October 2012
Thank LindaM173
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed September 30, 2012

After visiting the Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse, my kids were very interested in the locks. We surprised them coming back from Niagara with a stop here. Our guide was humorous and informative. The ride was about 1.5 to 2 hours. We made reservations online and paid when we arrived. We saw the upside down railroad bridge, locks 34 and 35, and two lift bridges. We were on a cruise that was around dinner time and wished that we had brought something to eat onboard. They did sell snacks and soda. I would suggest picking up something in town as there was nothing around the cruise location. We got something on the way out but wished we had waited until we got down Rt 78 a bit as there was a ton of choices on this road.

Visited August 2012
2 Thank unytraveler
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Modesto, California
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“Navigating on the Erie Canal”
Reviewed September 27, 2012

Living in California, I had never really given much thought to the Erie Canal. So when our trip back east took us to Lockport, New York, we learned things we had never even thought about learning. Our Erie Canal Cruise was educational, and just plain fun! As we floated along, the pilot kept up a running commentary of information peppered with plenty of jokes.

How do you float a barge over a mountain range? That was the challenge in upstate New York in 1817. Navigating a boat over Appalachian Mountains sparked the spirit of American ingenuity, and the Erie Canal was conceived: A waterway from Lake Erie to the Hudson River that would lift a barge 500 feet would provide a way to deliver goods and produce from rural inland farms to the growing metropolitan cities.

Immigrants from Ireland, England and Germany flocked to America, the land of opportunity, to work on the project. They carved the 363-mile-long, and 40-foot-wide canal using picks, shovels and horse carts as it was before the days of motorized equipment.

We learned that the canal has a total of 85 locks. A lock is a chamber the boat enters and is locked in by water gates. The lock is then filled with river water, diverted from upstream, until the boat is raised 25 feet.

Once the water level in the lock is equal to the water level of the river, the gates part and are opened. It is amazing that no pumps or any kind of machinery are needed to raise the boat. The simple physics of gravity and buoyancy do all the work. Even the weight of the water pressure holds the gates closed until the pressure on each side of the gate is equal. Then they can be easily opened and the boat or barge can continue on its way.

As you travel along the canal you can see many churches and homes built with “free stone” which is the material that was excavated during construction of the canal, free to anyone who wanted it.

Barges were the most practical way to move heavy loads from one place to another. They were pulled along the canal by mules at a speed of about 2.3 miles per hour. They covered about 55 miles in a 24 hour period so the trip took about 6 1/2 days. Later the railroad came, and could haul freight at a speedy 30 miles per hour. Competing for business, the railroad even built “up-side-down” railroad trestles over the canal to limit the height of the load a barge could carry. “Low bridge, everybody down” became a familiar call. Ultimately the canal system couldn’t compete and the railroad became the standard way of hauling freight.

Today the Erie Canal is used mostly for recreation and pleasure cruising. People rent houseboats that are replicas of the early canal boats, and cruise for their family vacation. But the canal was one of the key elements in the early commercial success of the United States and an important step in our nation’s expansion west.

Visited August 2012
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